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5 things to know about Bills fourth-round pick Taron Johnson

The Bills selected Weber State cornerback Taron Johnson with the 121st overall pick of the 2018 draft. Here are five things to know about him (his name is pronounced tear-un, like tear a piece of paper, not cry a tear).

1. He fills a need on the Bills' defense.

Pre-draft evaluations say Johnson projects as a nickel cornerback, playing in the slot as opposed to the outside.

"Johnson's lack of size will drive him into a nickel role where he appears to have the foot quickness and cover talent to handle the job," NFL.com wrote. Johnson is 5-foot-11, 192 pounds.

The Bills have a need at nickelback, as Leonard Johnson remains unsigned.

2. He's the guy who got donked at the Combine.

Johnson gained notoriety at the NFL Combine for being part of a funny play. He was running through a pass-catching drill when he took a ball to the face, much to the dismay of those behind him on the screen.

He was fine and finished the drill. Counts just the same as all other pass breakups, I suppose.

3. Johnson lost his mother to breast cancer when he was 9 years old.

"I really didn’t understand what happened at that time. I remember there was a time she was fine, then she went to the hospital, and I thought I’d see her, but I didn’t know she was that sick, didn’t understand," Johnson told the Sacramento Bee.

"I was really shocked. I definitely miss her a lot. It was a long time ago. I try to remember her. I ask my dad and my sister about her to get a better memory. I can feel her, though."

4. He was an All-American.

Johnson was a unanimous FCS First-Team All-America selection in 2017. He had three interceptions and 49 tackles.

Johnson said he had no pre-draft communication with the Bills until they called him to say they were picking him.

5. His sister was a track star.

The Johnsons appear to have good genes. Treana, Johnson's older sister, was a sprinter at BYU.

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